Evidence-based detection of pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis: the DETECT study

Author: J Gerry Coghlan, Christopher P Denton, Ekkehard Grünig, et al
Date Published: May-2013
Source: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Objective: Earlier detection of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a leading cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc), facilitates earlier treatment. The objective of this study was to develop the first evidence-based detection algorithm for PAH in SSc.

Conclusions The novel, evidence-based DETECT algorithm for PAH detection in SSc is a sensitive, non-invasive tool which minimises missed diagnoses, identifies milder disease and addresses resource usage.